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Overturned tractor trailer collision leads to backed up traffic

A tractor trailer that overturned on Dec. 13 left hundreds of people in backed up traffic across Interstate 64. According to the news story, the westbound lanes of the highway had to be shut down for several hours while the morning accident was cleared.

The Virginia State Police were on the scene and reported that the accident, which took place at around 6:15 a.m., had been caused when a 2016 Kia tried to pass a tractor trailer by using the right lane and part of the highway's shoulder. That resulted in the vehicles colliding, forcing the Kia off the road; it ended up on the center median. The tractor trailer flipped onto its side when the driver overcorrected after being hit.

The driver of the Kia, a 56-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and has been charged with improper passing. The 33-year-old driver of the tractor trailer reported that he was not injured, although the vehicle had been damaged.

Not all truck accidents are the result of a dangerous truck driver; sometimes a car can cause serious damage to the semi as well. It's fortunate that no injuries were severe in this case, but if you're driving a truck and are involved in a similar case, remember to always go to the hospital for a check up, even if you think you're fine. The shock of your vehicle tipping over can result in head injuries, neck injuries and back pain; all the symptoms of these injuries can take a while to appear, since your body produces so much adrenaline during the accident. The party responsible for the accident should have insurance to cover any of your medical needs.

Source: ABC 13 News Now, "Overturned tractor trailer causes rush hour headaches on I-64," Dec. 13, 2016

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